International Association for Impact Assessment

June 2019 enews

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    June 2019 enews

    ​Table of Contents:


    1. IAIA20:  Call for sessions, training courses
    2. IAIA19 proceedings available
    3. Resources:  IA and SDGs FasTips, Research, Arctic Council Good Practice
    4. Call for papers:  IAPA special issue on gender and impact assessment and management
    5. Upcoming Branch, Affiliate, and Associated Organization events
    6. Other events

     1. IAIA20:  Call for session proposals and training courses

    Do you have an idea for a great conference session? IAIA20, “Strengthening impact assessment:  Science, technology, and governance advancements toward efficiency and effectiveness,” will take place 26-29 May 2020 in Seville, Spain. Proposals for sessions are being accepted through 10 July 2019.

    Trainers:  Proposals for training courses at IAIA20 are also being accepted through 12 July 2019.

    2. IAIA19 proceedings available

    IAIA19 was held 29 April – 2 May 2019 in Brisbane, Australia, with training courses and technical visits before and after the conference. #iaia19

    Proceedings are now being posted; more session chair reports, presentations, photos, and videos will be added in the coming weeks as they become available.

    Thank you to our two Premier Sponsors, Tourism and Events Queensland and Exxon Mobil PNG Limited, along with the rest of our IAIA19 sponsors for making our Brisbane conference a success: Brisbane Marketing, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, NORAD, Cardno, Oceana Gold, Chiba University of Commerce, Prizma, LLC, World Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, Australian Aid, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Wood, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and Inland Rail - Australian Rail Track Corporation, European Investment Bank, North Queensland Bulk Ports, Woongal Environmental Services, Reflexivity Pty Ltd, and ERM.

    3. Resources:  IA and SDGs FasTips, Research, and Arctic Council Good Practices

    FasTips No. 19 is now available! Download Impact Assessment and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a quick and useful resource. The FasTips series helps to improve best practice by offering practical clarification on frequently-asked questions and is particularly helpful when there is no time for investigating or reviewing others' experience or formal guidance. Thanks to IAIA members Maria Partidário and Rob Verheem for their work on this document.

    Taylor & Francis, the publisher of IAIA’s journal Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, has worked with the How Researchers Changed the World team to develop two 12-week learning programs for researchers, whether you’re an early career researcher embarking on your first article, or a mid-career researcher juggling competing pressures.Through this program, discover how your research can change the world, supercharge your research career, and boost your impact. This free program is available at As a companion to the learning program, Taylor & Francis is also offering insight into the world of research with a How Researchers Changed the World podcast series, which follows the story of one passionate researcher every episode. In the current episode, Seline Meijer, Programme Officer at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), discusses agroforestry as a conservation method in sub-Saharan Africa, and why there's more to it than farmers simply not being interested in supporting conservation efforts by planting trees. These free podcasts are available at

    The Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group has released its “Good Practices for Environmental Impact Assessment and Meaningful Engagement in the Arctic – Including Good Practice Recommendations.” The document is available at

    4. Call for papers:  IAPA special issue on gender and impact assessment and management

    IAIA’s journal, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal (IAPA), is planning a special issue on gender and impact assessment and management. Original research papers, case studies, and conceptual papers between 5,000-8,000 words on experiences with integrating, analyzing, and addressing gender in impact assessment and management are invited. Abstracts are due 30 August 2019 and full papers 30 March 2020. More details are available at

    5. Upcoming Branch, Affiliate, and Associated Organization events

    NZAIA (IAIA New Zealand Affiliate): The Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, in collaboration with the New Zealand Association for Impact Assessment, is proud to present a 2-day workshop, “More effective assessments of environmental effects: Tools for stronger argument and clearer writing,” to provide practitioners involved in assessments of environmental effects (AEE) with the thinking and writing skills to present data and reach conclusions in a clear evidence-based manner. Workshop schedule:  Dunedin: 24-25 June, Christchurch: 27-28 June, Wellington: 1-2 July, Auckland: 8-9 July. See to register.

    “Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: Assessing the Impacts” will take place 27-28 November 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. See for more information and to sign up for updates.

    IAIAsa (IAIA South African Affiliate): 2019 national conference: “The Role of Integrated Environmental Management in the Economic Revival of South Africa. 21-23 August 2019. Limpopo, South Africa. For more conference information: Conference&name=2019.

    APAI (IAIA-Portugal Affiliate): The next National Impact Assessment Conference (CNAI'19), with the theme "Teaching and Research in Impact Assessment," will be held 7-9 November 2019 at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC), in a partnership between the Portuguese Impact Assessment Association (APAI), FCTUC's Department of Earth Sciences (DCT), and the Center Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDRC). Contact or see for more information.

    ABAI (IAIA Brazil Affiliate):  The next Brazilian Congress of Impact Assessment (CBAI) will take place in Vitória, ES, in 2020. Follow and Facebook ABAI for news related to this event, which is the largest in the country in the area of ​​impact assessment and environmental licensing.

    6. Other events

    Tallinn Forum:  Advancing SEA Practices in Europe 2019. 8-10 November 2019. London, United Kingdom. Concerned by the current lack of debate or professional development opportunities for SEA professionals and trainers in Europe, a small group of IAIA members have come together to organize a 3-day conference to discuss and disseminate best practice SEA examples within Europe. This inaugural Tallinn Forum event, in partnership with the Estonian Environmental Institute (EKI), will provide 2019’s only significant international SEA networking opportunity for the exchange of best practice knowledge, debate and research between SEA practitioners in government, consultancy, industry and academia.

    • 8 November:  Workshop on current advances in teaching and research methodology in SEA.
    • 9-10 November:  Main conference. The conference seeks to bring together SEA professionals to address a wide range of disciplines to discuss new and challenging topics:  transportation and the assessment of autonomous vehicles, the rise of smart cities, incorporating SDGs into SEA practice, climate change adaptation and the emergence of new clean energy and carbon storage, as well as the latest developments in sector and spatial SEA plans. Plenary and breakout sessions will focus on specific topics, professional development themes, and lessons learned, as well as emerging ideas. The agenda is structured to allow for dialogue and shared problem solving between client, consultant, and academic. 

    See for more information, to register, or to submit a paper proposal. The number of places is limited, and early registration is advised.



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